Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does an Engineer make in San Diego, CA?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

Experience

Industry

$80,776 / yrTotal Pay
$74,697 / yrBase Pay
$6,080 / yrAdditional Pay

$80,776

 / yr
$50K$131K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Engineer is $80,776 per year in the San Diego, CA area, with an average salary of $74,697 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $6,080 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Total Pay Trajectory

For Engineer in San Diego, CA

$80,776 /yr
Engineer
$117,787 /yr
Senior Engineer
$152,258 /yr
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Related Job Titles

For Engineer in San Diego, CA

Some related job titles are Civil Engineer Salaries with median pay of $68,490, Electrical Engineer Salaries with median pay of $83,573, Industrial Engineer Salaries with median pay of $85,156, Civil Engineer Salaries with median pay of $76,351.

Top Paying Companies

For an Engineer in San Diego, CA

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for an Engineer in San Diego, CA. Employers include Apple, Samsung Research America and Amazon.

1
Apple
$175,479/yr
3
Amazon
$164,210/yr
9
Space Micro
$141,991/yr
10
Sempra
$140,788/yr

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EngineerSee 726 salaries from this location

$135,098

 / yr

$104,985

 / yr

$127,302

 / yr

$145,533

 / yr

$73,662

 / yr

$134,272

 / yr

$175,479

 / yr

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$98,319

 / yr

$97,335

 / yr

$95,790

 / yr

$107,983

 / yr

$116,316

 / yr

$121,349

 / yr

$154,439

 / yr

$131,552

 / yr

$88,618

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$103,690

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$114,448

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Top Paying Industries

For an Engineer in San Diego, CA

The top 5 paying industries for an Engineer in San Diego, CA are Information Technology with a median total pay of $135,098, Energy, Mining & Utilities with a median total pay of $130,359, Media & Communication with a median total pay of $119,576, Manufacturing with a median total pay of $114,911, and Healthcare with a median total pay of $114,083.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$135,098

    13% Higher than other industries

  • Energy, Mining & UtilitiesEnergy, Mining & Utilities$130,359

    10% Higher than other industries

  • Media & CommunicationMedia & Communication$119,576

    2% Higher than other industries

  • ManufacturingManufacturing$114,911

    2% Lower than other industries

  • HealthcareHealthcare$114,083

    3% Lower than other industries

Information Technology

Top paying companies in Information Technology for Engineer are Apple, Samsung Research America, and Amazon.

AppleApple$175,479/yr
AmazonAmazon$164,210/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Engineering?

Engineering jobs are in high demand with workers receiving generous compensation packages and bonuses. Engineering offers ample opportunity for growth and development with transferable skills across an array of fields from software, supply chain and logistics to aerospace. Most roles require at least a bachelor’s degree. To remain competitive, job-seekers should consider specialization or skill-specific programs such as coding boot-camps or certifications.

How does the Engineer salary in San Diego, CA compare to the national average salary in US for the same job?

The average salary for a Engineer in US is $86,558 per year based on 36,893 salary contributions, which is 7.14% less than the salary for a Engineer in San Diego, CA. The cost of living and the local demand for the work are among the factors affecting wages. The top 3 companies in US where a Engineer gets the highest compensation are Splunk, Inc., Capital One Financial Corporation and TikTok. Bigger companies typically pay 15.71% less than smaller companies for a Engineer.

Recent Salaries Shared

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Job Title

Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date or Time

Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$95,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Test Lab Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$89,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 4-6 years

$110,000

/yr

$100K | $10K

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Mfg. Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$70,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
EUV Competency Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 4-6 years

$103,000

/yr

$92K | $11K

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 15+ years

$170,000

/yr

Submitted 2 days ago

15+ years
2 days ago
Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 4-6 years

$105,000

/yr

$95K | $10K

Submitted 2 days ago

4-6 years
2 days ago
Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 7-9 years

$130,000

/yr

Submitted 2 days ago

7-9 years
2 days ago

Engineer pay FAQ in San Diego, CA

The average salary for an Engineer is $74,697 per year in San Diego, CA. Salaries estimates are based on 64783 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by an Engineer employees in San Diego, CA.

The highest salary for an Engineer in San Diego, CA is $120,227 per year.

The lowest salary for an Engineer in San Diego, CA is $46,409 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming an Engineer or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of an Engineer.